Pros Sprint Navigation
Cons Battery life poor and battery port weak. Invisible screen outdoors. It won't sync with computer. Needs soft reset every few hours. Constantly checks emails. Non-existant drag and drop capabilities.
Summary I am on my 3rd replacement Treo 800W since November (Jan 31 now). The phone needs continual charging, but the charging port is so fragile that it has a useful life of only 3-4 weeks if you are using it on-the-fly and have to use a car charger.
Here's Why: In order to use the phone, while charging, you have to flip the phone around to read it. Unless your charging port is behind you this puts stress on the port and cable, which plugs in through the bottom of the phone, thus putting a 180 degree turn at the base of the phone. The cheesy little port was not properly stress tested or it would never have been left as it is.
California has the latest unwanted taxation, the hands-free-driving law. I cannot find a Bluetooth earpiece worth a damn and prefer the plug-in set provided. Only problem is that it plugs into the charger port. I have to wait til the phone gets enough of a charge to use it (real practical). Then I have to cut it short before the battery dies because when the phone shuts off due to battery failure, it sometimes takes hours to get it to recognize the charger and start recharging.
I have windows Vista and the latest Windows mobile SWare. Despite this I am unable to back up my contacts, calendar, or texting history to my laptop. I cannot back up any useful files to the memory card. I cannot drag and drop from my microsoft computer to/from my microsoft-based phone.
When I have connection or related issues, I get in-phone and online technical advice that I can't understand. While I actually got a response from Microsoft it was more in the form of a get-well card than technical assistance. They are, they assured me, interested in issues customers are having with any of their products and would forward my problems to the proper team. They pride themselves in being No. 1 in customer service. Thats the last I heard.
ANOTHER STUPID WINDOWS MOBILE ISSUE: Every time I have to replace the phone, WM takes forever to even recognize the new phone and then is incapable of recognizing that the new phone is a replacement of the old one. It then requires me to choose whether to set up a new partnership, and does not allow me to access and use existing files. I don't have Microsoft Outlook on my computer. I have been told that if I were to but/install that it should help. Thanks for the heads up.
I agree with other reviewers that the screen is unreadable in daylight.
Having owned Palm phones for many years I bought the 800W based on my confidence in Palm and bought sight unseen without reading a single review.
I now realize that Palm erroneously gave their phone over to the Windows OS, not altogether unlike someone handing your child over to a known pedophile.
At least nowI know better than to EVER trust them again.
Pros Well there is not enough characters available to post the pros as I did on PPCGEEKS.com so I'll summarize. The phone just plain works. It is a much more functional form factor and is very reliable if you compare it to other pocket PCs.
Cons The stylus sucks, it could use more function buttons, and there is no soft reset button.
Summary I had been using a PPC for the last 3 years. I have had the Apache and Titan. My Titan (MOGUL) started acting up a few months ago (my 4th HTC phone with issues) and I was offered the Treo 800w as a replacement from Asurion. I've had it for a few days now and have installed:
- SPB Phone Suite
- Resco Explorer with registry plug in.
- MS Live Search
- Opera Mobile 9.5 beta
- Oxios Memory
- SOTI Pocket Controller
- Sprint Picture Mail
- Pocket Express
- Google Maps
I've had no issue with running these programs and I've actually used Active Sync over Bluetooth while tethering and running SOTI Pocket Controller at the same time.
Bottom line is that I love this phone! I will probably never go back to another HTC phone. I was a little skeptical regarding the smaller keyboard but as it turns out it is much more convenient and functional for me personally, one handed operation is easy. I am one of those strange people that doesn't like fingerprints all over my screen so it works out well for me. Here is a summary of what I've experienced so far:
- Great reception, better than my MOGUL had.
- Responsive and runs applications much faster.
- The form factor is much more pragmatic.
- The earpiece is loud and easy to hear (louder than MOGUL).
- Doesn't freeze up or studder when typing like the MOGUL did.
- It just plain works! It may not be as "fancy" as the MOGUL but
it is just a much more functional phone in my opinion.
- Many of the Palm tweaks to the interface make it easier to use.
- The stylus is a complete joke. I think it must have seriously been
some frustrated engineer's attempt at humor. It is a piece of flimsy
plastic and isn't really worth using. Given that the phone retails for
around $600 it's kinda sad. Anyhow, not really a big deal, I ordered
a metal (with pen) aftermarket stylus for $9.
- It could use some more side buttons to be assigned to apps. It has
fewer button that the MOGUL. On the positive note it does integrate
combination buttons in the OS setup so apps can still be accessed. It
will involve a little bit of a learning curve though.
- And lastly no soft reset button. The only way I've found (so far) to
reboot the phone is to remove and reinsert the battery. Again I haven't
had to do it very much because the phone is more reliable than my MOGUL
was (I had to soft reset daily at least).
Overall I have to say that I'm very happy and wish that I could have acquired a Treo years ago, it would have saved lot's of cursing and constant urges to throw my PPC out the window of a moving car. So far so good, I'll give it a month or so to see if it craps out. Of course that's what Asurion is for .
Pros It pretty much does whatever you want it to do. If you are a business person and are always on the go, like myself, this is the phone to have.
Cons The battery life is horrible!!!
Summary Email, Microsoft Office, SprintTV, GPS (even though you have to pay for it), a great camera, and much more....these are the things that you can have if you get this phone. The only problem is you better get a car charger and inside charger for the office place, your home (upstairs and downstairs), mom's house, cousin's house, and everyone else's too, because the battery life is horrible. I charged my phone up to 100% and as soon as I took it off, it went to 93%. That's bad, especially for a phone that costs so much. If the battery problems would be fixed, this would be the best phone I have ever had and I have had a lot.
Pros Great user interface. Keyboard works is nice even with my big fingers. Lighter and smaller than my moto q and not very sluggish considering the processor speed.
Cons Battery didn't last 4 hours (check email as they arrive and moderate phone use). I activated at 2pm, at 6pm battery dead, by 830pm back at Sprint store switching back to my Moto Q 9c.
Summary Moto Q 9c is 10 x the phone (battery life, ease of use, light on camera, Docs to Go included (so I can view locked Excel spreadsheets)I have tried the Blackjack, Treo 800W, Centro, 8515, Touch Diamond and I always go back to the Moto Q. Many of the other devices are cool, have some great features but the Moto Q 9 C is the best device I have used in 5 years that I have carried a smartphone. I am a road warrior...it is dependable, rugged and I can text and type on the fly. Programs I recommend are Agenda One and PDA Net.
Hope that helps!!!
Pros easy to use with handy buttons. Has a reliable camera. the palm ringer switch on the top of the phone is wonderful
Cons the processor seems a little slow. I was fixing a HTC Touch the other day and found it more responsive.
Summary I really like this phone, I don't think that I would trade it for anything else. I switched from a nextel blackberry to this phone. you will never find a "perfect" phone. Palm did great with this phone, I love it.